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Monday - February 22, 2021

Vaccine access codes for hard-hit Black, Latino communities improperly used in other L.A. areas

(latimes.com)
Breaking: Vaccine access codes for Black, Latino communities improperly used in affluent L.A. areas Codes intended for residents in under-served areas are showing up in messages among the wealthier, work-from-home set, The Times has learned Read more via

How social networks got competitive again

(platformer.news)
TikTok, Clubhouse, Substack, Dispo: the consumer internet’s long drought appears to be over, and now Facebook and other networks are scrambling to respond. I wrote about how social networks got competitive again. via
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We’re Just Rediscovering a 19th-Century Pandemic Strategy

(theatlantic.com)
I wrote about something I've thinking about a lot recently: 19th century doctors were themselves obsessed with ventilation. How did we manage to forget that? 1/ via
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Elijah McClain's mother relieved he 'is no longer labeled a suspect' after investigation into officers' actions

(cnn.com)
The most heartbreaking part of this whole thing is hearing Elijah McClain's mom Sheneen say "My son's name is cleared now. He's no longer a suspect. He's a victim." Imagine living with that burden. via

Police Had No Legal Reason To Stop Or Frisk Elijah McClain, An Independent Report Found

(buzzfeednews.com)
Aurora Police officers had no reason to stop Elijah McClain. Internal Affairs never investigated the deadly encounter, and the department’s Force Review Board investigation was “cursory and summary at best” via

Airbnb Is Driving Hosts Elsewhere With Costly Pandemic Policies

(nytimes.com)
Pour one out for the “professional hosts” sour w/AirBnB for the money they are losing due to the company’s change in its cancellation policy. 🙄 via

75-year-old protester files lawsuit against City of Buffalo and police officers

(10tv.com)
Nearly two weeks after the case against the Buffalo officers was dismissed, the 75-year-old protester who was shoved by the police is now suing the City of Buffalo and the two officers. via

Draw an Iceberg and See How It Will Float

(kottke.org)
This cool little webtoy lets you draw an iceberg and see how it will float. via

Clinics are springing up around the country for what some call a potential second pandemic: Long Covid

(cnn.com)
"For one of the first times in medical history, patients are bringing their symptoms of a new disease to doctors to teach doctors what is actually happening with a new disease," Li said.” Long-haul Covid: Clinics are springing up around the country - CNN via
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Anti-coup protesters defy junta warning, strike grips Myanmar

(reuters.com)
Hundreds of thousands gathered in cities and towns across the country, from the northern hills to the central plains, the Irrawaddy river delta and the southern tip of the panhandle #WhatsHappeningInMyanmar via

TikTokers are trying to prove that snow in Texas is 'fake,' pushing a false conspiracy theory

(insider.com)
People on TikTok are trying to prove that snow in Texas is 'fake,' pushing a false conspiracy theory via

Cities Spend Millions On Police Misconduct Every Year. Here’s Why It’s So Difficult to Hold Departments Accountable.

(fivethirtyeight.com)
In a months-long project, @FiveThirtyEight & @MarshallProj obtained police settlement data from 31 large cities. Together, those cities spent AT LEAST $3 billion on police misconduct over the past 10 years. But we discovered even deeper problems. THREAD via

Google's program for Black college students suffered disorganization and culture clashes, former participants say

(cnbc.com)
NEW: I followed up w Google’s highly-promoted Black student program Howard West/Tech Exchange, announced in 2017. Spoke w/ more than a dozen participants who described scholastic value and rigor amid rushed expansions, culture clashes and broken promises. via
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FBI Seized Congressional Cellphone Records Related to Capitol Attack

(theintercept.com)
Within hours of the storming of the Capitol, the FBI seized thousands of phone records — including from members of Congress. My latest: via

Elijah McClain death: Aurora police didn’t have legal basis to stop, frisk or choke 23-year-old, investigation finds

(denverpost.com)
I'm reading through the report, thus far takeaways are: Police had no legal standing to force McClain to stop walking, no standing to frisk him, and they used an excessive amount of force. Also, the initial investigation by Aurora PD was deeply flawed. via
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Amazon’s Great Labor Awakening

(nytimes.com)
I wrote about Amazon’s labor awakening for the "future of work" issue of this week's @NYTMag. The story covers two years in California’s Inland Empire, home to 14 Amazon facilities and over 40,000 of the company's employees. via

Clare Locke stories at Techdirt.

(techdirt.com)
The lawyers representing Dominion in all of their big defamation cases, Clare Locke, are infamous for threatening SLAPP suits to silence reporters. They're not heroes even if you like these cases. via

Groups press Biden to commit to transparency

(politico.com)
JUST IN: More than 40 organizations press Biden to make commitments on transparency, including reinvigorating #FOIA, stepping up declassification& making sure records of Trump era are properly preserved. Letter to POTUS 1st in POLITICO, here: via

Spot's Rampage

(spotsrampage.com)
MSCHF’s new project is a live-streamed event where players take control of a Boston Dynamics Spot robot armed with a paintball gun in an art gallery-ish space. via

Okay, I’m Vaccinated. Can I Do All the Things?

(elemental.medium.com)
Many of us are living in "vaccine limbo" right now: Some folks we know vaccinated, many others not — and we still don't have definitive data on post-vaccine transmissibility. So what can and can't you do? @lindy2350 breaks it down: via

The Pandemic Is Receding in the Worst Hotspots. Will It Last?

(nytimes.com)
A month ago, the pandemic looked bleak -- more than 750,000 cases were tallied worldwide in a single day -- but the last month has brought a surprisingly fast turnaround. Will it last? w/ @Josh_H @LaurenLeatherby via
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The Impractical but Indisputable Rise of Retrocomputing

(nytimes.com)
Did not expect to see @SnoopDogg show up in this article’s comments section to talk about how great Video Toaster was on his Amiga 2000. via